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Windows\System 32\Config\Software File Missing or Corrupt

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MsWright, Jul 17, 2006.

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  1. MsWright

    MsWright Thread Starter

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    My daughter shut my computer down over the weekend and when I started it up yesterday, I received an Error message that said File is Missing or Corrupt. Please help!
    How do i fix this problem? I desperately need my computer. I have googled some solutions and I came across your website. PLEASE HELP! I CAN'T FUNTION WITHOUT MY COMPUTER.
     
  2. zinduar

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    What is error message exactly?
     
  3. MsWright

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    Windows can't start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
    Windows\System32\Config\System try to recover using XP cd
     
  4. MsWright

    MsWright Thread Starter

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    I am not home at my computer. But my daughter is there and when she boots up the computer is is trying to reinstall XP, which I don't want to do because I don't want to reload my software and files again.
     
  5. zinduar

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    You wrote that "Windows can't start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
    Windows\System32\Config\System" This shows only file path. I think, you forget to give us that the file name which is coprupted.
     
  6. Rollin' Rog

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    A reinstall does not normally require you to reinstall personal files or programs -- only updates that followed the orginal installation.

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    If you want to try another approach, it is covered here:

    Directions are given here:

    http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=62075

    There are several things to note about this operation.

    1 > it is not a "reinstall" of Windows, but a method of accessing System Restore.

    2 > all command lines are one line with appropriate spacing -- the doc file does not always reflect this.

    3 > you must complete all 3 parts for it to be a proper restore.

    4 > in the first part of this document you are given the command:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

    you may get a "file not found" when running this command. If you do, substitute this command instead:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system.bak C:\windows\system32\config\system

    5 > if you attempt a "repair/reinstall" first, you cannot perform this procedure; if you perform this procedure first and it does not resolve the problem, you will need to restore the backed up copies of the registry hives (to a "tmp" folder) that you made in the first part of the procedure -- or you will lose the installation information for previously installed programs when you do the reinstall.
     
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